Lucy Maude Montgomery’s beloved Anne of Green Gables novel is set to get a Netflix makeover, thanks to the scriptwriter behind cult box set series Breaking Bad.
Anne will be split into two seasons, with the first eight-part instalment already written
Though it sounds like clash of cultures, Emmy-winning writer Moira Walley-Beckett has penned the TV adaptation, which will be called Anne, working with CBC – Canada’s BBC equivalent.
Set to follow the premise of the original 1908 tale, the series will take place in the 1890s and follow Anne Shirley’s adventures as she swaps her tough childhood spent in abusive orphanages, for life on a farm in the town of Green Gables with middle-aged siblings Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert.
Though Anne’s arrival at Green Gables is initially found to be the result of a mix-up at the orphanage (the Cuthberts intended to adopt a young boy to help with farm work) she soon wins the pair over with her charm, spirit and lively imagination.
The series will adhere to the general plot of the original, although the team have confirmed that new adventures and escapades will be incorporated too, focusing on modern coming-of-age themes such as identity, sexism, bullying, prejudice and trust.
As yet there’s no word on casting for the adaptation, which will be streamed globally via Netflix next year after first premiering on Canadian television. But with Anne being famed for her striking red hair worn in long plaits beneath her bonnet, we do hope that the directors stick to Montgomery’s original character descriptions!
Anne will be split into two seasons, with the first eight-part instalment already written. Filming is thought to begin in Ontario, Canada, in October – we can’t wait to see this come to life!
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